The United Nations Refugee Agency (UNHCR) revealed today that according to its internal figures, 595,707 Venezuelans have fled the country as a result of the socio-economic crisis there in the last four months alone.
The UNHCR also revealed that while the exodus fluctuated over the last four months, it did not show signs of subsiding. The number of Venezuelans who fled the country per month since June appears below:
- June: 163,000
- July: 144,720
- August: 108,340
- September: 178,340
El Nacional published comments from Claudia Vargas, a Venezuelan sociologist who specializes on migration, on the exodus. She said:
This isn’t a war with weapons, bombs, like the one in Syria. It’s a psychological, silent violence, that which causes migration and causes citizens to achieve less and for their capabilities to become stunted.
EU to Give Colombia $11 Million for Migrants
The European Union (EU) has announced that it will give Colombia $11 million to help the country accommodate the Venezuelan migrant population, which is now estimated to be approximately 1.5 million.
The money is part of a larger package that the EU is giving Colombia, with most of the money going to programs involved with the country’s ongoing peace process.
The $11 million are destined for housing, economic and educational initiatives for migrants living in five cities: Barranquilla, Riohacha, Miacao, Medellin, and Cucuta.
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